For example, if your skin is too oily or too dry, your skin is dehydrated, you did not properly clean the last makeup and have dead skin, or you did not properly prep your skin before applying your makeup coat. All of these can again result in a cakey foundation look.
If you follow the steps above and your makeup still turns cakey mid-day, a quick refresh is all you need. Williamson suggests spraying a beauty sponge with a hydrating face mist or setting spray and gently dabbing it over any cakey areas. This will absorb any excess product and re-blend your makeup.
Just don't pack them both on, “A common mistake people make is using powder foundation on top of a liquid foundation,” Major says. This can result in a cakey finish. Mature skin or dry skin types should reach for a liquid foundation, as powder foundation can settle into fine lines and wrinkles.
According to her, it's A-okay to put moisturizer on over your foundation—as long as you're doing it the right way. "Pat an oil based moisturizer on top, which will protect your skin," she says, noting that the same goes for an oil.
Start by applying your foundation in single pea-sized amounts to each area of the face you're covering: generally the forehead, nose, chin, and each cheek. To blend your makeup, use gentle dabbing motions and upward strokes that match the natural contours of your face to create the most even look.
Spritzing water on the foundation brush can also help to thin out a full-coverage foundation and make it easier to blend. Also, if you have mature skin, using a damp brush can help full-coverage foundations blend better and avoid settling into fine lines.
Powder is usually the final “setting” step to seal foundation and concealer, but some on TikTok suggest that using it before foundation can keep your makeup in place for longer and give a better finish.